Young people in the UK are very vocal in social media about issues. And yet, they don’t vote. Currently, there are 14.6 million 18- to 34-year-olds in the UK, 4.79 million of whom are not registered to vote. An estimated 42% of these people are “climate concerned”. Among students, 91% are “fairly” or “very” concerned about climate change and 80% would vote for a government that planned to take action, according to the NUS Climate Change Tracker.
The Comms Lab is inviting creative agencies, individuals and brand owners to use their persuasive skills and platforms to encourage young people who are not registered to vote to get their names on the electoral roll ahead of the UK General Election taking place on December 12.
The campaign is politically neutral campaign. It just wants the estimated two million 18-to 30-year-olds who care about climate change but are not registered to vote to put their names down before the deadline of November 25 and have a say in their future.
The Comms Lab has put together some easily accessible resources to support creatives wanting to take part, as well as coming up with the hashtag #ItsOurTime. Agencies and individuals are invited to either activate partnerships with relevant brands and platforms, or to simply create and share work.
It is an open campaign. There is no sign-off. No client. All content just needs to have the #ItsOurTime #MakeClimateCount hashtags, the government registration URL and the registration deadline.
Ella Saltmarshe, director of #ItsOurTime, stated, “This year has seen millions of young people take to the streets to make their voices heard on climate. Now it’s our time to take a stand. The creative industries can make a real difference at this crucial moment. We hope that #ItsOurTime will result in an explosion of creativity over the next three weeks driving voter registration by tapping into multiple creative groups and networks, with multiple campaigns and multiple activations.”
Rosie Kitson, joint head of strategy at Mindshare UK, added, “I feel genuinely excited to be involved in this important campaign. It seems completely obvious to me that we should harness the strategic and creative skills of our industry to make sure young people’s voices are heard in the political sphere. The passion and focus that we’re seeing already in the team is infectious and gives me great confidence that this campaign will make a real impact.”
James Whatley, strategy partner at Digitas UK, commented, “I’m involved in #ItsOurTime because I think that ensuring young people are registered and ready to vote with climate in mind is fundamental to all our futures. This is about driving real measurable action for change. Some of our smartest minds in the industry work on lead gen campaigns every day. For the next three weeks, let’s turn our focus to this. Today more than ever, our work matters because their voices matter. So let’s use our creative firepower to get 18-30s registered and climate vote ready.”